We work with many talented fabric designers to produce nature inspired fabrics.  We live in a country that has the most amazing untouched nature in the world.  Our local fabric designers draw their inspiration from our flora and fauna.  Our designs are modern, stylish with a nod to our incredible environment.  We are inspired by nature and we give back to nature.  All our fabrics are 100% GOTS certified Fair Trade.

Amy Van Luijk

I was born and grew up in New Zealand but lived in the Netherlands for a short time when I was very young.  As a child we made quite a few trips to Europe to visit family where I fell in love with the canals and the lovely tall Dutch houses as well as the gorgeous old villages in the french alps.

Growing up I always loved drawing, crafting and sewing. My love of colours, fabrics and patterns lead me to study textile design at Massey University in Wellington. After graduating my work took more of an illustrative direction which allowed me to create and develop a more personal style.

Since then I have been working as a tutor at university, worked freelance in illustration and pattern design as well as working in-house designing paper party products for a company called Meri Meri. My love of travel and discovering new things has kept me moving and I have lived and worked in Wellington (NZ), London, Berlin and I am now in Bristol, UK.

I always start off my illustrations by hand, picking colours by rummaging through my many folders filled with different coloured papers. I create my artwork by cutting and sticking shapes and then drawing and painting the detail using pen and ink. I love to collect coloured and patterned papers especially the patterned inside of envelopes. Every time I travel somewhere new I make sure to visit the local stationery shops to look for new colours or patterned paper. Old traditional stationers are the best.

(Interview extract taken from Flow Magazine)

Amy has created our blue dreamer range for nil. Inspired by our environment. The Blue Chatham Island Forget me nots (blue flowers) and our wild blue rivers (blue zigzag).  

Lisa Noble

Lisa has a suitcase full of treasured retro patterned fabrics, from which she gets the inspiration for her hand-drawn and digital illustrations. She is a children's book writer and illustrator, and self published her first picture book in 2009.
A graphic designer by profession, her love of illustration and sustainable design has led her to join the design team at nil.
Lisa has created (yet to be launched) our red velvet range.  This consists of our Pohutukawa flower and Tukutuku (the weaving on a Marae) designs.  Lisa has also created our nil faces illustrations. These are the women who make up our unique home based workforce.

Chloe Reweti 

I am passionate about art and designs power to spark creative dialogue and action about issues people care about, using approaches that endeavour to break down barriers of race, class, gender and ideology.

Chloe has created the collaboration design with Te papa and nil for the Matariki celebrations. 

Renee Feith

Working predominately as a Graphic Designer/Illustrator, I have studied Fine Arts and Design in NZ, Switzerland and London. I am fascinated with symbolism and storytelling, with the cross pollination of shared ideas that bring about creative solutions. Collaborating with people that have integrity and a drive to make this planet sustainable is crucial for me. I practice an environmentally conscious ethos in my family life and work. Noticing beauty and all the goodness in this world, fills my cup.

Renee produced our Honey range. The yellow kowhai flower, swallows and the honey hive dots.